The Legacy of the Democratic Party: A Brief History of the Historic Democratic Platform

Anthony W. Brooks

There is a kind of irony in history. One day we are enslaving four-million blacks on plantation, the next we are using them as our political ticket to the Oval Office. This country is now polarized between two different ideologies. One is an unchanging platform of conservative moral values that says that all men are created equal, civil rights are God-given, not state-granted, and that one has a right to keep what he earns. The other side says that not all are created equal, but there are more or less privileged people in our nation that deserve different treatment, the state should regulate all private industry, and we should raise taxes to support the less fortunate (so we think).

I think we can show that these platforms have stayed relatively the same throughout the history of the two sides. But who falls where? Which one is the truly conservative side and which is the truly liberal side?

Let’s look at the two founders of the obvious political parties I’m referring to….

Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was a simple man from Kentucky. He served as a representative from Illinois and eventually ran a successful campaign as the Republican Nominee to be the 16th President of the United States. Some say that the only reason he won was because the Democratic ticket was split. This is probably the truth, but we are sure that the country benefited from this victory. Lincoln witnessed the temporary death of the United States. He ushered the U.S.A. through an era of racism and devastation. The civil war is his legacy. He was able to single handily hold the nation together and achieve emancipation for all slaves in America.  He eventually guided America to adopt three Amendments that secured all basic freedoms for the Black community (until the early and mid-twentieth century). And he did all of this as a Republican. So with all of that said, let’s look at the founder of the Democratic Party.

Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson. Slave owner, and founder of the Democratic Party

Jackson served as the seventh President of the United States. He was a military man, served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, numerous Indian conflicts, and the conquest of Florida. He, unlike Lincoln, owned several hundred slaves. He is most notable for his forced seizure of Native American land, which broke multiple treaties the US made with the Natives. His legacy is greatly blemished by the Trail of Tears. And his known rape of many of his own slaves. Jackson is considered one of the most controversial Presidents in American History, but one of the most revered. He achieved much in subject to Manifest Destiny. But his massacre of American Indians, his support of slavery and mistreatment of slaves, his disrespect for his fellow man, known acts of sexual misconduct towards his slave women and girls, and even his choice of Vice President, John C. Calhoun, who made positive arguments in support of slavery, saying it was a benefit for the slave. This was a wicked and unapologetic set of men, and were not the most productive of people.

Now lets look at the amendment process for the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th amendments and see what the running total of Democrats vs. Republicans voting was.

Was the Democratic Party the Party that Ended Slavery?

According to Govtrack, a congressional tell-all website who tracks congressional votes on resolutions, bills and amendments, 78 Republicans voted yea to the 13th amendment passage, 1 voted Nay, 26 abstained. While just 1 lone Democrat voted for the end of slavery while the majority of 31 voted against the amendment and 12 abstained. All Democratic controlled states refused the Amendment while the battle was won in the Republican states.

Source: Govtrack 13th amendment statistics

We can see similar situations in the 14th and 15th amendments. The 14th Amendment gave citizenship to freed slaves. 94% of Republicans voted yea, no Democrats voted in support.

The 15th Amendment gave the legal right to vote to all men, whether black or white. 100% of Republicans voted yea, all Democrats voted against the measure.

Democrats and Post-Civil-War Racism and Fascism

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Klan meeting in Chicago 1920

We see that the Democratic platform in 1868 had this slogan, “This is a White Man’s CountryLet White Men Rule.” This was further supported by the entirely Democratic Ku Klux Klan who became the militant arm of the Democratic Party.

This is the harsh reality. The Democratic Party has a staunch history of racism. The 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, was a Democrat from New Jersey. He screened the racist and anti-historical movie “Birth of a Nation” in the White House. The movie depicts Black men as subhuman, women as property and objects to be used for sexual purposes, and the KKK as heroes riding in last minute to save the day. This led to a revival of the KKK in America to over three-million members.

Wilson also supported segregation of schools, trains, and public buildings. He placed many pro-segregationists in his cabinet and was supported entirely by the, then, Democratic South.

This continued into the presidency of the Imperialist President, number 32, Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is best known for his New Deal policies. Most notably the Second New Deal which gave us Labor Unions and the Social Security Act. FDR was not a Southern Democrat like Wilson, but was from New York, where he served as a Senator and a Governor. FDR is an interesting figure. He was recognized by Benito Mussolini as being a Fascist when Mussolini reviewed FDR’s book in the Socialist’s magazine writing these words:

“Reminiscent of Fascism is the principle that the state no longer leaves the economy to its own devices.… Without question, the mood accompanying this sea change resembles that of Fascism.”

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Benito Mussolini

This is terrifying to think of to be honest. FDR sent members of his cabinet to Italy, Nazi Germany, and Spain to study Socialism, Fascism, and other European Dictatorial Philosophies and found them to be preferable to the Free Market style economy that America was used to. In this we can see echoes to one of Obama’s campaign slogans, “Our Brother’s Keeper.”

In a similar review the chief Nazi newspaper, Volkischer Beobachter, repeatedly praised “Roosevelt’s adoption of National Socialist strains of thought in his economic and social policies” and “the development toward an authoritarian state” based on the “demand that collective good be put before individual self-interest.”

(Partially quoted from Cato)

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Adolf Hitler, the prominent Fascist of Germany. Often called the most effective Fascist in History and was praised by FDR when he came to power.

So, in other words, FDR was a collectivist. He saw the benefit of a centralized state power that grants rights to the people, support for the people, and benefits to the less fortunate. FDR, like the fascist regimes of Mussolini and Hitler, saw benefit in privately owned industry with stiff government regulation, sound familiar? Sounds like a promise right out of the campaign of Barack Obama.

The problem we are facing today is that Fascism is typically seen as a right-wing ideology. But when you look at prominent Fascists in history you see that they were both socially and fiscally left-wingers.

Leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 more Democrats than Republicans voted against the measure. So in short, Republicans gave America the Civil Rights Act as well.

Democrats and Women

The slogans of the Democrats of late is that they love women while Republicans hate women. This was surely not the case in 1919-1920 when the 19th Amendment gave the right to vote to all women in the United States. The voting statistics suggest a very different picture.

“When the House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment in May 1919 it did so by 304 votes to 89, with Democrats only 104 to 70 in favor but Republicans 200 to 19. In the Senate, Democrats were in favor only by 20 to 17 but the GOP voted for it by 36 to 8.”

Source

By these standards we see the Republican party as universally anti-racism, anti-slavery, anti-sexism, anti-fascism etc. The Republican party has historically been a proponent of a smaller government, less taxes, less government intervention in the marketplace, etc… But how does this apply to now?

The Historic Platform and Today’s World

It is important to note that neither of the major party platforms have changed. Now, the Democrats are racist in another way. It is mostly based on Intersectionality in politics. separating people by race, class, and sex. This is how their platform has maintained its essence without the racism and sexism showing itself in the same way. It’s not that they are actually racists. The fact is that the separation of the classes is a reverse style of segregation, but this time it isn’t just race… It’s Race, Gender, and financial class that matters. How much of a victim are you? If you are a White, straight, cisgender male you are less victimized than a black transgender female.

Whilst Republicans have typically not cared about any of this on a platform basis. This is proof that the stereotypes that are constantly tossed at Republicans are typically false. It has to stop. The “alt-right” has it’s basis in the same discriminatory methods as the Democratic party. Racism, antisemitism, sexism; all of these qualities are found in the alt-right and in the historic Democratic Party platform.

Known member of the alt-right and White Supremacist, Richard Spencer, was interviewed by political commentator, film maker, and conservative Dinesh D’Souza. In the interview Spencer advocated for the separation of the races and classes, atheism, a centralization of the state powers, a strong central government, and that all rights come from the state, not God. All of these have historically been associated with the Left and the Democratic party.

From Clinton to Obama to Hilary we have seen all of the points mentioned above in play. Clinton’s promiscuity and victimization of women, Obama’s reducing the power of the US on the global stage militarily and economically, Obama’s government controlled healthcare initiative commonly called the Affordable Care Act which received no Republican votes. This is the tragedy of our system. History is rewritten and/or ignored by the party at fault to protect their perfect image.

So ask yourself this. Historically, who are the racists? Who has the party of the KKK, thieves, sexists, fascists? Is it the Repubicans like the media and college professors would have you think? Or is it the Democrats who tried to deny the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments to the slaves and women, who almost voted down the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and who had a president who was praised by Hitler and Mussolini as a fellow Fascist.

It was the Republican Party who historically gave us emancipation for slaves, voting rights for women, and abolished Jim Crow in the Deep South, and fought against the Dixiecrats (all of whom, except for two, stayed in the Democratic Party). That is the GOP, that Republican Party. The Party of Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and now Donald Trump. And this is why I vote Republican.

Anthony W. Brooks

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